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Social Media Reacts to Big Ben Injury, Rudolph Being Named QB1 for Steelers

It’s the Mason Rudolph Show.

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The biggest news coming out of the NFL on Monday — and maybe the story of the year as far as Pro Pokes are concerned — is that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is done for the year. It appears that it will be the Mason Rudolph Show going forward.

Rudolph did yeoman’s work during the offseason, through fall camp and the preseason to usurp Josh Dobbs as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup, putting him right where he wanted to be — one play away.

That play happened on Sunday and Rudolph spelled the injured Roethlisberger admirably, slinging it for 112 yards and two touchdowns. The one black mark on his pro debut was the interception that resulted from a drop by veteran wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

Let’s take a look at what his teammates, the media and Steelers fans are saying about the start of the Mason Rudolph era.

Inside the Locker Room

Rudolph impressed one of the big guys up front in his first taste of NFL action.

“He handled himself really well,” Steelers guard David DeCastro told Steelers.com. “I was actually proud of him, how he came in ready to go, knew the playbook, had a big command, was mixing up the cadences, too.

“That was impressive. I wish we could have got a win for him.”

Second-year running back Jaylen Samuels talked about Rudolph’s game on Sunday.

“It’s a lot that changes with a new quarterback, young quarterback, but I think he came in and did good,” said Samuels. “He came in the second half, he was poised and he was confident. That’s the main thing, being confident at quarterback, trusting each other, trusting in your teammates and I think that’s what he did.

“He converted a big third down for us, made a couple big passes for us and I think he did pretty good for his first game.”

Rudolph said Roethlisberger provided him feedback on the sideline throughout the game.

“We were talking on the sidelines in between drives, what he saw and what I saw and just kind of comparing notes,” Rudolph said. “We’ll figure it out, I have no idea. We just lost, gotta play better as a team, myself included. We’ll all find out what happens moving forward.”

Optimism for No. 2

Dez even chimed in, expressing confidence in his fellow former Cowboy.

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